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The Common Core Webinar Recap-

This week Stand for Children – Tennessee was super excited to host a state-wide webinar to get to the core of the Common Core State Standards! In total, 25 parents and teachers joined together to hear from three great experts who discussed and answered questions around the new standards.

All we do is win win win... for children! Stand makes the News!



  • 1600 petition signatures
  • 130 phone calls to County Commissioners from their constituents
  • 30 handwritten letters
  • 100 people in attendance over the span of 3 meetings and speakers at each
  • Winning a victory for our kids

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Our First Webinar!


Last week, Stand for Children Tennessee hosted its very first webinar focused at educating parents, teachers, and community members on hot topics in the education policy realm.  This month’s policy topic that was chosen was the Portfolio Strategy.  Not clear on what the Portfolio Strategy means for school districts? Never fear! We've got the answers for you.  

Changes in Licensing for Tennessee Teachers




On Friday, June 21st Kevin Huffman, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Education (DOE), presented to the State Board of Education a measure aimed at dramatically improving the teaching force across the state.

Great Schools begin with Great Teachers

Last week, Stand for Children Leaders gathered together over 20 of their friends and colleagues at the Noah Liff Opera Center for an open conversation around teacher quality and how we can improve the teacher recruitment and selection process here in Nashville.

A Common Cause: Preparing our Students for their Future

Did you know that according to the 2011 ACT report only 15% of Tennessee students graduate academically prepared for college? That means less than 5 students out of a high school class of 30 leave that classroom ready for their future.

Don't let family assistance hinge on a child's academic performance


Today in social studies class, my students and I were reviewing a couple of practice questions for our upcoming standardized test. With this blog post you will see a picture of one of the practice test questions we discussed. It is from the Grade 5 Practice Test Set 2.

The best teachers for Nashville classrooms


If a teacher is the greatest influence on a child’s education, then how do we get the best teachers in Nashville’s classrooms? 

This is a critical issue facing our district. A recent Harvard University report indicated that a single high-performing kindergarten teacher can increase a child’s future earning potential by as much as $200,000.